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Nicci French will speak to Lyme Crime

An internationally successful husband and wife duo are set to speak at the new West Dorset Crime Festival.

Lyme Crime, which celebrates all things crime and thriller, will host “Nicci French”, the pseudonym of married couple Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.

The double act will be in conversation with author of best-selling Sunday Times psychological thrillers Erin Kelly at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis at 6.30pm on Friday June 24.

Paddy Magrane, Director of Lyme Crime, said: “It is a huge honor to welcome Nicci and Sean to our inaugural festival.

“Whenever you pick up a French Nicci title you know you’re in good hands, clever, unsettling, intensely readable and thoroughly addictive, the novels dive into some of the darkest territory in the most exciting way.

“They are legends in the thriller world and we are very privileged to have them at the festival.”

The married couple are both journalists who met while working at the New Statesman. They wrote their first novel “The Memory Game” together and have since collaborated on many standalone psychological thrillers, including “Killing Me Softly”, “The Red Room”. “Secret Smile” and “Catch Me When I Fall”.

During their conversation with Erin Kelly, they’ll discuss their most recent title, “The Unheard,” a standalone thriller about a child’s drawing, sparking fear that she’s witnessed something terrible that her young mind struggles to put into words.

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